Symantec updates Norton, Java tools

Symantec is pushing ahead on a broad front, with the release of utilities, tools, Internet and consumer packages.

Leading the cavalcade is a new version of the company's Visual Café development toolkit that dominates the budding market for Java development. The product includes an object library, Visual GUI builder, Component Library, and Interaction Wizard. The preview version is available now from Symantec's Web site with retail availability from the beginning of November. The list price is £169 with upgrades available for £49 (Windows 95/NT) and £69 (Macintosh).

Also new is a refreshed version of Symantec's flagship Norton Utilities. Version 2.0 for Windows 95 (£69, £29 upgrade) includes CrashGuard, a tool for intercepting or explaining crashes. A complementary tool called Anti-Freeze allows users to safely exit crashed applications in order to save work. A trial version of CrashGuard is available separately free from Symantec's Web site. Also new in Norton Utilities is a System Genie tweaking tool and tools for controlling the Windows 95 Registry. A multimedia guide to PCs is also folded in. Symantec also includes its new Live Update technology that scans Web sites for relevant software updates.

Healthy PC (£29) is a toolkit for PC novices that provides basic anti-virus and disk utilities. Already shipping is Internet FastFind (£49), a utility that taps multiple search engines for combined searches. Both products also include Live Update.

Symantec can be contacted by telephone on 01628-592222.

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